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Great Folk Ballad: The M'sasas are Turning by Clem Tholet

For Ourselves And Our Posterity
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Published on 21 Jun 2024 / In Music

Enjoy this beautiful love ballad, played in a combination of orchestral and folk styles. On the surface it is of the deep and lasting love, and in praise of the wonderful woman he married. Deeper, it reveals how he remembers his Rhodesian homeland, loves her, and can never forget her and what she taught him.

The M'sasa tree, also called Zebrawood, is broad and has a distinctive amber and wine red colour when the young leaves sprout during spring (August–September). It grows in savanna, both open woodland and closed woodland of Southern and Eastern Africa.

Clem Tholet (1948 – 6 October 2004) was a Rhodesian folk singer who became popular in the 1970s for his Rhodesian patriotic songs. He reached the height of his fame during the Rhodesian Bush War. He married Jean Smith (daughter of Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith) in 1967. Though starting his career in South Africa, he moved back to Rhodesia and Television shows, and also presented a radio program called Folk on the Rocks, which was on the air for two seasons.

Clem's last album, Archives, was (and is) sold as a fund raiser to benefit the Flame Lily Foundation. This fund raising project seeks to provide funds for the living expenses of elderly former residents of Rhodesia living in South Africa, who have been denied their pensions by the corrupt, evil, Communist Zimbabwe government.

Rhodesia was a wonderful, prosperous country that was known as the "Breadbasket of Africa." In many ways it was a real-life Wakanda: an advanced African country that had intelligent, hardworking people like Clem Tholet that made significant contributions to humanity and the entire world. After the Communists took over, the country quickly reverted to barbarism, and used Wesern Aid money to enrich the ruling class and pay off the Chinese. A first world food exporter became a third world food importer full of trash, poverty, and starvation.

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Lyrics transcribed by The Ghost of Ian Smith in June of 2019:
The M'sasas are Turning to gold and to red
In the light of the sun they’re like fires
When the winter has gone and time has moved on
The memory will never grow tired

When we were first joined, she'd walk in the fields
Gathering the sunshine with her eyes
With her hair flowing long, she'd listen to my songs
And give me all the love she couldn’t hide

The Msasas are Turning to gold and to red
In the light of the sun (hmm, hmm, hmm) they're like fires
When the winter has gone and time has moved on
The memory will never grow tired

In the long winter nights we'd sit round the stove
Sharing a smoke or a beer
We'd talk till the morning came into the room
And it felt good, knowing she was so near

The Msasas are Turning to gold and to red
In the light of the sun they're like fires
When the winter has gone and time has moved on
The memory will never be tired

She taught me to live and she taught me to love
She told me bout Spring and September
She showed me the good times. She taught me to laugh
She showed me how to rememeber

The Msasas are Turning to gold and to red
In the light of the sun they're like fires
When the winter has gone and time has moved on
The memory will never grow tired

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Comments:
*Rest in Peace Clem Tholet. You wont be forgotten as long as I still breathe.
*Great song! Will always be Rhodesia to me!
* One of my favourite songs of Clem. Many memories. Thank you.
* Rhodsia, the light of africa
* This has to be the most beautiful song I ever heard. So simple and honest.
* Great song - Long Live Rhodesia!!
* Let's make Rhodesia great again
* Splendid Song!
* Born and Bred in Rhodesia, I miss her so much

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Clem Tholet ~ The Msasas are Turning ~ Rhodesian scenery, OeHVJei_Yu0, 480p

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Ian Smith
Ian Smith 28 days ago

Rhodesia was a beautiful and destroyed by an ugly communist insurgency.

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Long Range Patrol
Long Range Patrol 1 month ago

Thanks to great people like Clem Tholet, the knowledge of Rhodesia will live on.

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John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones 1 month ago

Great song

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Bear Cub
Bear Cub 1 month ago

His repeated phrase of "the memory will never grow tired" is excellent word crafting

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Charles Martel 732
Charles Martel 732 1 month ago

Clem Tholet was a great man, singing about a great country.

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